Cropping is the process of removing portions of an image to create focus or strengthen the composition. Use the Crop tool to crop and straighten images in Photoshop. The Crop tools in Photoshop CC and CS6 are non-destructive and you can choose to retain the cropped pixels to optimize the crop boundaries later. The Crop tool also provides intuitive methods to straighten the image while cropping.
For all operations, visual guides provide an interactive preview. When you crop or straighten photos, real-time feedback helps you visualize the final result.
From an expert: Using the new Crop tools introduced in Photoshop CS6
Watch how to preview the angle of your image to confirm that your crop is plumb. You can revisit a crop any time you like, so you never waste effort.
Crop or remove part of an image
- A. Active tool B. Size and proportions C. Rotate crop box D. Straighten image E. View F. Crop options G. Delete Cropped Pixels
Size and proportions
Choose a ratio or size for the crop box. You can also choose a preset, enter your own, or even define your own preset values for later use.
Choose a view to display overlay guides while cropping. Guides such as Rule of Thirds, Grid, and Golden Ratio are available. To cycle through all the options, press O.
Use Classic mode
Enable this option if you want to use the Crop tool like it was in previous versions of Photoshop. See Adjusting crop, rotation, and canvas for information on using the Crop tool in classic mode.
Delete cropped pixels
Disable this option to apply a non-destructive crop and retain pixels outside the crop boundaries. Non-destructive cropping does not remove any pixels. You can later click the image to see areas outside current crop borders.
Enable this option to delete any pixels that are outside the crop area. These pixels are lost and are not available for future adjustments.
Right-click the Crop box and access common crop options from the context menu.
For information on cropping and straightening, see Newly redesigned Crop tool by Julieanne Kost.
Crop tool updates | Creative Cloud only
These features were introduced in the Creative Cloud release for Photoshop CS6.
Updates to the Crop tool include numerous bug fixes and enhancements, including:
- Front Image and new presets in the Aspect Ratio menu.
- Clicking the double-arrow icon changes the crop orientation by swapping the Width and Height values. This icon replaces the Rotate Crop Box button.
- Choosing W x H x Resolution from the Aspect Ratio menu displays a Resolution field in the options bar and auto-fills the Width and Height values.
- Clicking the Clear button clears the values in the Width and Height fields in the option bar. If displayed, the value in the Resolution field is also cleared.
- The keyboard shortcut for Front Image has changed from F to I for both the Crop tool and the Perspective Crop tool.
A. Aspect Ratio menu B. Swap Width and Height values C. Overlay Options
Straighten an image
You can straighten an image while cropping. The image is rotated and aligned to straighten it. The image canvas is automatically resized to accommodate the rotated pixels.
See Straightening a Crooked Image to watch a video explaining straightening an image using the Crop tool.
Transform perspective while cropping
The Perspective Crop tool lets you transform the perspective in an image while cropping. Use the Perspective Crop tool when working with images that contain keystone distortion. Keystone distortion occurs when an object is photographed from an angle rather than from a straight‑on view. For example, if you take a picture of a tall building from ground level, the edges of the building appear closer to each other at the top than they do at the bottom.
A. Original image B. Adjust cropping marquee to match the object’s edges C. Final image
Resize the canvas using the Crop tool
To resize the canvas, you can also choose Image > Canvas Size. See Change the Canvas size.